H-SAN MIGUEL

Mar 26, 2011 3:42 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Vehicle gets stuck in river crossing after driver disobeys road closure

The California Highway Patrol cited a San Miguel man for disobeying a "road closed" sign after he had to be rescued from his car early Saturday morning.

It happened just after 6:20a.m. on North River Road, just south of Estrella Road in San Miguel.

Officers say the 25-year-old man was driving his Dodge Neon when he came upon a "road closed" sign at a seasonal river crossing. He drove around the sign, and got stuck in the water. He called 911, and firefighters and CHP officers came to the rescue.

Members of the swift water rescue team pulled the man from his car. He was then ticketed.

The CHP wants to remind motorists to drive carefully in the rain and always obey regulatory warning signs. Even though the water may not appear to be deep, the roadway below the surface of water could be compromised.

Photos courtesy of Samantha Cagliero.

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